This week sees the first book in Lorraine Wilson‘s fantastic Chalet Girls series, Confessions of a Chalet Girl, released (on Thursday! Find out where you can pre-order it here). Want to know a bit more about Lorraine? Find out how she got the inspiration for her first scene, what got her writing, and who she wants to ride off into the sunset with…
1. Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:
I live in Wiltshire with my husband but love to travel and have lived in four continents. From playing amidst Roman ruins in Africa as a child to riding a Sultan’s racehorse in the Middle East as a teen, I’ve many experiences to draw on for the stories I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. When I’m not writing you’ll find me listening to audiobooks while I sew or design handbags, usually with a rescue terrier or two curled up on my feet!
2. What was your first ever job?
I worked as a library assistant. Most of my jobs have involved books in one way or another.
3. Have you always wanted to be an author?
If not, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up? – I always wanted to write. I spent all my pocket money on books and saved up to buy a typewriter when I was twelve. Before that I created stories with fictional worlds and drew maps of them in exercise books.
4. What inspired you to start writing?
An English teacher at school told me she thought I had talent and she planted the seed in me to try to get my writing published rather than just writing for myself.
5. What was the inspiration for your novel?
I love Switzerland, particularly in winter and the seasonnaire scene provides ample story material. There is actually a bar in Verbier called Wonderbar where you can get a free drink if you take off your bra (and no, I haven’t done it myself!) and that gave me the idea for my opening scene.
6. What is the best advice anyone has given you about writing?
The phrase “Keep it simple, dig deep” comes to mind, and also some recent advice from Olivia Logan to keep going (Think Dory in ‘Finding Nemo’ “Just keep swimming”). You need to grow a thicker skin if you want to write because unless you’re incredibly lucky you’re going to have to pick yourself up after rejections or bad reviews and just keep going.
7. Aside from writing, what is your favourite thing to do?
I love to make things – from making clothes and handbags to printing my own photographic designs on fabric and candles or creating fabric wall art and patchwork quilts…you name it and I’ve probably had a go at making it. I’ve always had a creative streak but since my brain injury it’s gone into overdrive! I also have serious spinal problems and find writing, arts and crafts to be wonderful distractions from chronic pain.
8. If you could ride off into the sunset with a fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Hmm, I am rather partial to both Austen’s and Fielding’s Darcys but I think I’d have to pick G.Callen – the special agent Chris O’Donnell plays in NCIS LA. A hero dumped in a children’s home as a child, moved from foster home to foster home and never really experiencing love…makes me want to kiss him better…ahem. Sorry, you lost me there for a bit!